Bears need to break Packers 'hex' over Jay Cutler


Bears need to break Packers 'hex' over Jay Cutler

The Bears have beaten some good teams this year. The only thing that matters now, however, is if they can beat one more.

They defeated the Indianapolis Colts on opening day. The win might be minimized because it was Andrew Lucks first NFL game, but Luck put away the Minnesota Vikings the following week and the Green Bay Packers two games later.

They went into Dallas and beat the Cowboys who were 2-1 at the time and are now at 7-6 and in the playoff discussion.

But the Packers are another matter altogether and the overarching question right now is whether the Packers are too deep inside the head of quarterback Jay Cutler to be overcome.

Green Bay has beaten the Bears five straight times, all but game 16 last season with Cutler. The only time he has been able to defeat Green Bay was when the Packers helped with 18 penalties and 152 yards of walk-offs in game three of the 2010 season.

The five-game winless streak is the longest by Green Bay since Brett Favre won the last seven over the Dick Jauron Bears and the last 10 of the Dave Wannstedt era. Lovie Smith has yet to figure out Aaron Rodgers the way he had Favre.

If Smith has had any difficulty getting his team properly focused the past several weeks, that had better not be an issue this time.

If you need a game coming up to really get you motivated to play your best football, Smith said, it should be your rival, with Green Bay coming in.

The problem is that Smiths quarterback has been a model of some consistency against the Packers and its been the wrong kind of consistent.

Cutler has thrown 15 interceptions vs. eight touchdown passes in his seven Chicago-Green Bay games. Where he had a 98.8 career passer rating vs. Minnesota before last Sunday, with a 16-7 TD-INT ratio, Cutler has a 60.5 career rating vs. Green Bay. He threw four interceptions in the game-two loss at Green Bay (28.2 rating), put up ratings of 31.8, 42.5 and 82.5 in the 2010 meetings and 78.9 in his one game against the Packers last season.

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above. 

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from a busy Sunday: 

Tonight on CSN: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls show some moxie in road win over Bucks

Today on CSN: White Sox battle Dodgers in spring training game

From ‘When It Happens’ to ‘Where It Happens,’ Cubs mining next generation of talent

Will lopsided loss shake Blackhawks from their slumber?

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

Joe Maddon doesn’t have any concerns about new Cubs closer Wade Davis

Nick Delmonico takes advantage of fresh start with White Sox

Cubs expect Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell to be ready for Opening Night

Owners to consider on and off field changes this week during NFL meetings